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3rd Annual MFA Physician Track

This post-conference event is part of the MFA Annual International Conference and is included in your attendee ticket. If you wish to attend this workshop only and not the MFA Conference, please note the fees listed below. Fees include 4.50 AMA/PRA Category 1™ credits, breakfast and a networking luncheon.

When: Saturday, November 19
8am - 2:30pm
Where: Room 331B
Orange County Convention Center
9800 International Drive
Orlando, Florida  32819
United States
Contact: Rebecca Nordan

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The Medical Fitness Association is your solution to integrating safe ad appropriate exercise to complement traditional medical care. Allow us to introduce you and your team to the integrated concept of Medical Fitness.

Join us November 19th in beautiful Orlando, Florida as we meet, greet and learn from each other. 

Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Track approved for 4.50 AMA/PRA Category 1™ credits


8am-8:30am       Breakfast and Networking

8:30-8:45am       Welcome and Introduction by President and CEO, Bob Boone

8:45-9:45am       "Mindful Eating: A Practical Approach to Optimal Health and Vibrant Living”
                           Presented by Rebecca Johnson
Approved for 1.25 AMA/PRA Category 1™ credits

9:50-11:05am     "Clinical Excellence Meets Integrative Medicine: The Best of Both Worlds”
                            Presented by Michael Seidman
Seminar not approved for AMA/PRA Category 1™ credits

11:10-12:25pm    "Patients Can Keep Lost Weight Off! 
                             Introducing a treatment model that works, and “fits” medical fitness centers”
                             Presented by Douglas Carney
Approved for 1.25 AMA/PRA Category 1™ credits

12:30-1:20pm     "Physician Pearls for Integrated Lifestyle Programs"
                            (Working Luncheon Session)
                             - Presented by Ingrid Edshteyn
Approved for 1.0 AMA/PRA Category 1™ credits

1:30-2:30pm        “Medicine And Fitness Finally Married! Now What?
                            The Romance Between Physicians and Fitness Professionals”
                             - Presented by Cliff Morris
Approved for 1.0 AMA/PRA Category 1™ credits


Course Descriptions:

“Mindful Eating: A Practical Approach to Optimal Health and Vibrant Living”
Faculty: Rebecca Johnson, M.S., Director of Workplace Wellness Am I Hungry? Mindful Eating Programs and Training

Research has proven that the prescriptive, weight-focused “eat less, exercise more” approach to chronic disease is not only ineffective, but counterproductive and potentially harmful. A growing body of evidence supports the effectiveness of mindfulness-based, non-restrictive approaches in eating behaviors and myriad aspects of well-being. During this session, we’ll explore the Mindful Eating Cycle, a practical, powerful, and universal approach that fosters mindful eating, optimal health, and vibrant living.

“Clinical Excellence Meets Integrative Medicine: The Best of Both Worlds”
Faculty: Michael D. Seidman, MD., FACS, Director of Otologic/Neurotologic/Skull Base Surgery, Medical Director Wellness and Integrative Medicine, Florida Hospital Celebration Health

The current system of “health care” is nothing more than “sick care”. Providing a more holistic and preventive approach is something that must be implement.  In 2016 “sick care” spending is estimated to approach 2.8 trillion dollars and consume 18% of the gross domestic product. This is unsustainable. Wellness initiatives that have been used at Henry Ford Health System and Florida hospital are designed to target health care issues with the goal of preventing disease, improve outcomes and reduce health care expenditures. Some strategies involve complementary and integrative medicine (CIM).  Physicians must learn about CIM. This course will provide the attendee with an important understanding of the powers of CIM, the pro’s the con’s what is safe and effective and how to appropriately offer these techniques to our patients.

“Patients Can Keep Lost Weight Off!  Introducing a treatment model that works, and “fits” medical fitness centers”
Faculty: Douglas Carney, MD, Medical Director, Health & Nutrition Technology, Inc.

Obesity treatment, like medical fitness, interfaces with clinical medicine and has the opportunity to help create a culture of wellness.  Both can provide doctors and patients with reliable & needed referral treatments that require specialized clinical services and staff. A recent publication of outcomes in a community-based medical weight loss program offers promise for significant long term weight loss.  By combining meal replacement use and long-term retention practices, the study subjects showed results similar to lap-band surgery.  This is an intervention that is appropriate and a natural fit for medical fitness centers, and is safe and effective for obese patients including those with Type II diabetes.


 (working lunch session)
“Physician Pearls for Integrated Lifestyle Programs”
Faculty: Ingrid Edshteyn, DO, MPH Associate Executive Director ACLM

Dr Edshteyn will discuss the operations/clinical components of a combined (integrated) medical fitness/lifestyle medicine program - using integrative to define combined instead of as integrative medicine. The sports medicine/PM&R/fitness training/nutrition counseling knowledge that is helpful for someone coming from a primary care background and now working together with medical fitness trainers.


“Medicine And Fitness Finally Married! Now What? The Romance Between Physicians And Fitness Professionals”
Faculty: Cliff Morris, MD

On February 23, 2016, the announcement of the marriage between medicine and fitness was made public at the National Press Club in Washington, DC.  This presentation will focus on the partnership between physicians and fitness professionals that must exist for Exercise Is Medicine (EIM) to be successful. Can prescription exercise become the number one prescription written by doctors? It is now time for this insightful and interactive discussion.


Our Physician Track will offer the following registration rates to those who are not already registered for the Annual International Conference. If you are registered for the Conference, this is included with your ticket. 

Physician $195

Resident $100 (must provide proof of current residency - click here to email)

Student $0 (must provide copy of student schedule - click here to email)

Registration includes seminar materials, breakfast and lunch plus 4.5 AMA Category 1 CME's - Approval Pending 



We look forward to providing resources to your patient's wellness needs. 


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